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HECTOR ELIZONDO (Ben Padrow) was born and raised in Harlem and the Upper Westside in Manhattan in New York City. He has been a professional actor since 1961. His portrayal of ‘God' in the guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in "Steambath” in 1970 made him the first Latino male to garner an Obie Award.

Other Broadway performances include Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue” in 1973, August Strindberg's "The Dance of Death” at Lincoln Center in 1974, "Sly Fox” in 1976, and the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price” in 1992.

Mr. Elizondo has appeared in over 80 films and television shows for which he earned five Emmy Award nominations. In 1997 he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor, playing Dr. Phillip Watters in "Chicago Hope.” His more notable films include "The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three,” "The Flamingo Kid,” "Nothing In Common,” "Pretty Woman,” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, "American Gigolo,” "Tortilla Soup” and "The Princess Diaries: One and Two.”

His most recent film is based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez' great novel, "Love In the Time of Cholera,” to be released in November 2007. Currently, he co-stars in "Cane,” a onehour drama for CBS in which he portrays the head of a wealthy Miami-based Cuban- American family with a rum distillery/sugar empire. He is currently producing and costarring in a film in partnership with Ventana Azul Productions led by Salma Hayak.

Throughout his career Mr. Elizondo has been especially proud of his involvement with The L.A. Theatre Works Radio Company, of which he is a founding member. He recently received the Diversity Award's prestigious Integrity Award as well as the Imagen Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. Last month he completed a recording of David Mamet's play, "Glengarry Glen Ross,” for BBC Radio.

Mr.Elizondo is currently on the board of The Creative Coalition; a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to retain the arts in education as part of the core curriculum. He is also on the board of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, a charitable arm of the Screen Actors Guild. The Foundation is dedication to serving guild members as well as the community at large. Mr. Elizondo is also proud to be serving on the board of Enrichment Works, which produces theatre to inspire learning. But he has confessed that he would still much rather be playing for the New York Yankees or be playing conga with a Latin jazz ensemble.

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